a melodious jumble

What we’ve been up to, in brief.

The field is greening up, slower than anticipated with stalls for snowstorms and wet weather. Snow peas, snap peas, and favas look awesome. On the other hand the sweet peas look …pretty peaked. As we rotate beds in the greenhouse, we have been looking at crops in the field, anxious about how we’re going to fill the farm stand for the next couple weeks. Grow, greens, grow.

Jeremy and his father, David, made good use of the snowy weather and put up a couple of doors on our pack shed. The are sliding barn-style doors, the rail and sliding roller thingies are salvaged closet door hardware from the old Mormon church-turned-house in town. So that has us feeling pretty fancy.

Spring bird migration highlights include: a male Blackpoll Warbler, Swainson’s Thrushes, about 25 Lark Sparrows (with their 80’s toy laser gun song), and the first Warbling Vireo we’ve seen on the farm.

We sprayed BD prep 500 and barrel compost earlier this spring and, later, harmonized the ponderosa tree. We’ve been spraying preparations on the farm for seven years now, but the tree harmonizing was new for us. This gave Jeremy an opportunity to try out dowsing rods and the plasticity of my masters degree.

The inordinate Fedco bulb order Jeremy placed last fall has been erupting all over everywhere. Not quite a visual cacophany, but nearly. Along with crocuses and hyacinths, and pert near every other thing, Jeremy insisted on ordering tulips. I protested: tulips are bougie symbols of economic hegemony. Well, he planted them anyway. And then they popped up as bright and elegant, candid blooms of pure joy. Apparently I love tulips. Plus, I just found out that tulips are the eleventh anniversary flower. Jeremy planted these last fall, eleven years after we first met. So sweet.

Last week we had the opportunity to organize a bicycle scavenger hunt for Spearfish Bike to Work Week. The ride theme, the Birds and the Bees, was a tribute to our local avian and invertebrate inspired sights.

Not only do we now finally have a bike rack, we’ve also installed a poetry dispenser at the farm stand! This is something we’ve been thinking about ever since first coming across a poetry dispenser at the public library in Bozeman several years ago. Language and land! Peas and poesy! All the very best things!

It has been a quiet spring this year without lambs blaaaaaahing for milkshakes and chicks in the brooder sunroom.  Radish, the hens, and worms are bearing the brunt of all our affections, but they seem to be handling it well.     

Also, farm share members(!), we’ve been celebrating the season’s greens by eating miso soup, with regularity, and gusto. Just broth and greens (any greens, all the greens: spinach, turnip greens, radish greens, arugula, kale, scallions, green garlic) are super simple and super amazing – or, if we’re feeling fancypants, we’ll add noodles, sauteed shiitakes, sliced spring turnips or radishes, an egg… Such a quick and easy feast and it accommodates seemingly everything and anything from the field/fridge. Check out this link for some great miso-soupy inspiration. If miso is new to you, it’s a fermented bean paste (gf) – we’ve had luck finding this in the fridge section at our awesome local natural food stores. We like the red miso, but whatever makes you happy. If you’re looking for good, sustainably harvested sea weed and want to support a rad seaweed steward, we’d recommend Ironbound Island.

Very merry spring tidings from the farm and your farmers, t&j

first CSA, midsummer hail, native bees, farmers market

The CSA season has begun, we are off and rolling! Uphill… with a headwind. There is a newsletter posted online here. Our early CSA crops were set back significantly with the snow and rain this spring and recent hail, so our first shares are meager. It feels indescribably wonderful to feed people, to share the bounty. And on the other hand, we feel absolutely cruddy sharing a weak harvest.FISRT CSA SHARE

It’s just the beginning of the season. Things are growing slowly, and that’s what they are supposed to do. This is a part of eating locally and eating seasonally. We have worked hard to select varieties and manage crop planting calendars to structure a good CSA season. But we’re also in this intimately with Nature, and when she’s cold and wet, well.. so are we. We have learned a good deal, there are certainly things we’ll plan better for next year in order to be more bountifully prepared for our early CSA shares.

Meeting with everyone last week during the pick-up was a wonderful summary to a very busy, stressful, anxious past few weeks. We are so thankful for our CSA members’ graciousness and understanding. We’re looking forward to a bountiful season with you, friends. Thanks for your patience and sticking with us.

Other updates from the farm:

On this past Saturday afternoon, we were pummeled with ping pong ball sized hail. We’d never seen anything like it. They beat the field down a fair amount, some spots/crops fared better than others. Winds from the west battered peas on the west-side of the trellising, but east-side plants were somewhat protected. Eggplants look pretty sad, but only a handful actually snapped at the stem, most just lost leaves and are already sending out new ones. Several tomatoes snapped, Jeremy set immediately to bracing them up (maybe they’ll recover?). And we have the comfort of several tomato plants in the greenhouse. The squash had only just sprouted, and as such small targets, we didn’t lose but just a few. Contrarily, the lush, leafy cabbage looks like it got in a knife fight.. or a garbage disposal.hail

So we’re feeling pretty grateful. Things are ok. We’ll have “perforated greens” for the CSA this week and hail-kissed snap peas. Ice-massaged spinach. You know, real ‘foodie’ foods. Just like Kobi beef and kopi luwak.

We were completely taken with this hedge of flowers these last couple weeks. Turns out everyone else was too. It was covered in a veil of buzzing pollinators. Flies and bees, honey bees and bubble bees. Oh so ridiculously happy. 

POLLINATORS

We’ve also been watching mud caps fill in on the solitary and mason bee homes we drilled into the fencing posts earlier this spring. If you are interested setting up homes for native pollinators – or just learning more about these important little creatures, check out The Xerces Society and this article, Farming for Bees, guidelines for providing native bee habitat on farms.native pollinator, mud capped homes

We are looking forward to this season’s Farmer’s Market in the Park, Saturday mornings (9 AM to noon in Spearfish City Park). We take our produce to market by bicycle. Please come stop by the market and say hello. Days on the farm are generally pretty quiet – we’re grateful for a chance to connect with people and see smiling faces. This past Saturday, we brought herb and flower starts, honey, mixed lettuce greens, rhubarb and parsley. Everything grown on our farm. Hope to see you at the park this summer.first farmers marketAnd lastly… many thanks, friends, for all your concern and support during our hail re-hab. Every email message, phone call, and friendly face stopping by to check in was dearly appreciated. Thank you. Our greens may be battered, but our hearts are full.

love, Trish and Jeremy

sometimes ups outnumber the downs.

hive inspection_compilation

We checked in on the hives last week. This winter we lost Anna Karenina and Lara. Lolita is doing alright.

In looking through the hives, we inspected each bar closely and took lots of notes. It’s not clear to us exactly why the two hives didn’t survive the winter. Starvation of the hive during overwintering is a big concern. For this reason, and not knowing how much honey the hives would need, we left the bees with all their accumulated honey reserves. We were unable to locate a remaining brood nest in Lara. There were a few unhatched brood cells in Anna, but they were in close proximity to honey reserves.

We did find a few varroa mites in Lara’s hive. Varroa mites are a parasite that attacks both adult bees and the developing brood, weakening the hive. It is common for beekeepers to treat hives to control varroa mite outbreaks. This treatment most typically involves using an insecticide to attack the mites. Trouble is, bees are insects too. We do not and will not treat our bees with miticides, medicine, or synthetic chemicals. Continuously treating hives perpetuates weak bees. Instead we will encourage bees to grow healthy, evolve to be strong and naturally resistant.

Russian Carnolians (our bees) are a variety that have been bred to be naturally resistant to varroa mites – We would like to replace these two hives. We’ve checked into ordering nukes, but they are extremely hard to come by, as everyone is suffering losses especially this year. Our best bet may be to keep our eyes open and try capturing a local swarm (please let us know if you find a swarm, we’ll come pick it up).

On warm days, we had been watching bees go in and out of all three hives. It turns out, Lolita’s hive has been poaching honey reserves from the other two unoccupied hives. Anna and Lara both have several full honey combs. We’re feeling pretty blue about the loss of Anna and Lara. But also pretty damn proud of Lolita, she’s proven resilient and resourceful.

bike bucket braceJeremy and Marcus (mainly Marcus) have been toiling on completing the deer fence around the orchard area.  We’ve ordered bare root fruit trees which will be arriving soon and, with the number of deer we have, a fence will be essential to giving these little trees a chance at survival. The fence posts are leftovers from the hop trellising we set up last spring, the posts are set in 3.5′ holes. On the west end of our field, the delicious valley top soil stops at about 1′ and meets with a hardpan clay layer, sometimes gravel. In order to power through this, Jeremy and Marcus are soaking holes to soften the clay.  Because there is no access to water back there, Jeremy built a smart Bicycle Bucket Brace with which he can carry four 5-gallon buckets of water from the pump out to the field. This will also serve useful this summer when we are watering trees.

april 3rd greenhouseSeed trays are filling up and multiplying, special things planned for our CSA share members (there are still a few shares available, call us quick!).

This part is ridiculous fun. There is something about spending time with young vegetable plants, a raw optimism that is completely contagious.seeds_compilation

Some random notes: Calendula seeds are my new most favorite seed as they bear striking resemblance to ogre toenails. Totally gnarly. Jeremy and I have found drilling holes for native pollinator habitat to be very therapeutic in light of our recent loss. And I’m trying to salvage some Dester tomato seeds “saved” from last season. The rotten tomato mush got neglected in a yogurt container for too long and may have prematurely germinated or rotted the seed, we’ll see.

preparation 500_compilationHere are a few photos from our preparation 500, many thanks to friends at Meadowlark Hearth Farm in Scottsbluff, NE.

And it’s official: the first vulture of spring is here.

Harvesting amaranth and roosters // And the tomato: the smallest mask in the world.

Here are some photos from the CSA share pick-up last week. The watermelons were especially fun. The CSA newsletter is available for perusal here.

We have started in on the amaranth harvest. This is a bit more labor intensive than imagined. Each amaranth flower holds hundreds of tiny amaranth grains, each flower has to be shaken out into a paper bag/bucket, to collect the grains. Then the grains need to be winnowed from the shaff/flower bits and bugs. Good thing amaranth is a superfood.

On Wednesday we harvested the young roosters. It took four of us a full morning to process 29 birds. This was not something either of us had done before, but we had good friends come help us with the processing and it went quickly and efficiently. It gave us a lot to think about in terms of the true cost of food and small-scale, low-stress livestock processing.  We hope to get our thoughts in order and put together a post regarding this – both the experience and the economics – soon.

We’ve been heading to the Farmer’s Market in the Park on Saturday mornings with the bikes loaded up with farm fresh treats, hand harvested with love. It’s important to us to have this direct to consumer market – to be able to sell our produce directly to the people who are going to eat it. For us, this is a big perk of our CSA. Before this full-on farming gig, we both grew to love shopping at local farmer’s markets, having a face to go along with the food we’re buying and directly supporting the local economy. There are still several things we are trying to get used to about being on other side of the table – as producers. But maybe that just takes time. This summer, the market farmers and artisans have become a wonderfully supportive community for us. We’re really fortunate to be in an area with a market, albeit small, it’s pretty fantastic.

And lastly, and completely unrelated to much of anything else.. we discovered there’s a special sort of fun to be had at this time of year, as the tomatoes are in full bounty. At Cycle Farm, as in life, we employ Jacques Lecoq’s (the father of red nose theater) principle skills of le jeu, complicité, and disponsibilité – playfulness, togetherness, and openness. And we’re working towards the eccentric. (Thank you, Sarah-Jane Moody, thank you so so SO very much.)

Eat, drip, be merry

The drip tape is all strung out now, the filter is hooked up, and we have water. We’re irrigating loads more efficiently these days. Until this past week, we had been using a pump to draw water from the irrigation ditch to a series of sprinklers on a centerline down the middle of the field. The set up worked well in previous years when the field was lawn and hops. It’s been challenging for us however, with rows of diverse vegetables lined up. With the sprinklers, we were needlessly watering our walkways and hoards of weeds, and the water distribution has been very uneven. Now with the filter installed, we can gravity feed water through a two inch line from the irrigation ditch out to both the front and back fields. We have valves on the drip tape at each row, so we don’t have to water the tomatoes and the onions at the same time or as much. No more running a loud electric pump for hours at a time, while constantly keeping an eye on the level of water in the ditch. SO GOOD.

Jeremy rigged up a dispenser for the giant drip tape bobbin to help with stretching out the tape. Mounted on the bicycle, he was able to wheel the bike down the field as we worked his way down the rows. Everything nicely contained on the bike; the staples, the scissors, the tube for clamping off the ends, all together. No heavy lifting. Just easy rolling. Pretty smart.

We finally had a chance to cook up some of our squash blossoms. Sauteed beet greens with garlic and green onion. Mixed with a bit of goat cheese. Stuffed the squash blossoms. It helps if you cut up the side of the flower, in order to spoon it full (this part is especially exciting when there is a honey bee inside). Coated the stuffed blossom in a batter of blue corn flour, milk and egg. And fried. Made crepes with the leftover blue corn flour batter. It would seem farming is decadent hedonism.
And we’re not the only ones eating so well. Our wonderfully talented friends at Crow Peak Brewery saved us some buckets of spent grain, leftovers from a new batch of Spearbeer. SO HAPPY, these birds are thoroughly thrilled, big thanks Crow Peak.

And here’s a photo of our CSA share this week. The first of the summer’s eggplants and sunflowers. Happy August. This week’s CSA newsletter is online here.

Lastly, everybody ought to read this, even though it’s terrifying. And we encourage all our wonderful CSA members to ride their bikes to the farm next Thursday. And the Thursday after that. Bill McKibben’s Terrifying New Math article in Rolling Stone Magazine. 

CSA share basket number one, check.

Yesterday was our first CSA share pick-up! We spent the early morning harvesting, then tucked into the shade in the afternoon for washing and sorting and packing. This year we are doing only 11 shares, and in further efforts to keep things simple we are doing only full shares. Our CSA season will run for 18 weeks. We are trying our best to make each week’s share full and diverse, with enough vegetables for a family or a primarily vegetarian couple for a week. This week was certainly a light spring/early summer basket, with special spring delicacies, garlic scapes and peas. We’re really looking forward to seeing how each weekly basket changes over the season.

We are also putting together a weekly newsletter to go along with the CSA shares, and will post them online. The newsletter has a list of what’s in each basket and ideas on how to prepare them, just in case you’re stumped.

Here are a few photos of the CSA shares.. the exploded basket includes all the incredible tasty treats, minus the four heads of lettuce.. tisk. Possibly the most beautiful, blushing, sweet lettuce in the whole wide world, and I forgot to put them in the share photo. Ah well. I had taken a photo of them all lined up in the field before harvest – here there are. Grandpa Admires.

The shares are available for pick-up at the farm between 4-7 PM on Thursday. It was a lot of fun meeting and catching up with our CSA members yesterday. Some members even came to the farm to pick up their share by bicycle – little kiddo in tow!! YES! It was also good to have some downtime in the afternoon, away from weeding and irrigating.. we even pulled out the watercolors.

It’s pretty much the coolest feeling to be growing food for our community.  To now be providing delicious, healthy food to people who invested in this land and two farmers, way back on a snowy day in February, it’s awesome.  A CSA is a remarkable thing, and we feel so grateful and excited to be a part of it.  We hope that everyone is enjoying their Cycle Farm produce!

…and on an unrelated note, our hop vines have begun climbing. Thank you, Malcolm.

First market, farm party.

This past Friday was our very first Farmer’s Market. Our first market as the farmers. Very exciting. And exhausting. It was great fun to meet folks, and talk about local agriculture and CSAs. There is so much enthusiasm in Spearfish. It’s awesome. Neither of us are very comfortable sales people. But the good vegetables do well enough selling themselves. Except maybe when they are completely unrecognizable to people. Apparently garlic scapes are a new one for Spearfish. Baby bok choi too. It’s ok. I’m comforting myself by collecting a list of comments – there are lots of comments, the creative ones are the complimentary ones: one especially sweet woman approached the scapes asking, “What are these darling things?”  Another, with a sparkle in her eye, immediately recognized them as garlic ‘chives’, and asked us about pea eggplants. Made my day.

So we learned a whole lot standing on the other side of the table. It’s hard to keep bok choi looking perky when it’s 90 degrees outside, even in the shade with a spray bottle. We should bring recipes with us, examples on how to prepare these treats. And we should bring dinner with us too, the smell of burgers and funnel cake is a powerful one. The table, cooler and crate, chalk board, etc. all fit quite nicely on the farm bike, but soon I’m going to need a trailer. There is a strong inverse correlation between a market’s beer consumption and interest in buying fresh vegetables, something like r-value of -0.9468, I’m sure of it. Of course, there is probably noise.

Here are some photos from our harvest for the market..

..and off to market. By bicycle. Food miles are more fun when they are by bike.

Fresh from the farm to you: Rhubarb, hop shoots, garlic scapes, and baby bok choi. Bon appétit.

AND we’ve had our first on-farm community event – the Weeding Party was a big hit. Thank you to all our CSA members, good neighbors, and new friends who came out to help us weed! Together, we got 9 beds cleaned out; the potatoes, beans, and beets are looking in top form now they’ve been cleaned out from the weeds. And it was SO MUCH FUN. Usually weeding for us is a lonely activity, accompanied by the soft sound of the wind and the heartbreaking hum of a nearby lawnmower. Not so during our Weeding Party Bonanza! It was a morning of rainbow colored sunhats dotting the field, old friends catching up, new friends being made, kiddos waxing philosophic on bugs and weeds.. Sharing ideas and interests over rows of beets and beans. We cruised through the weeds in the morning, fueled by a cooler full of cold water and lots of good conversation, and feasted together afterwards. Lots of delicious things – some right from the farm. Jeremy and I are deeply grateful for everyone’s time, hard work, ..and good cooking. THANK YOU EVERYONE!

We’re looking forward to more fun community events on the farm. If you are interested in coming out to share in these fun farm festivities, we’ve got an email list put together and would love to add you. Let us know. cyclefarmer[at]gmail [dot]com. And certainly, if you ever have an itch to weed.. we have weeds.

We are also looking forward to a fun season with the Market downtown. There doesn’t seem to be much for advertising happening, and a fair amount of confusion with folks still thinking there is still a Saturday morning market – so tell your friends. Bring your neighbors. There are other vendors, farm fresh eggs, jams and jellies, flowers, honey, come down and see. This past Friday Talli from Moonrise Mountain Ranch had a basket of leeks, so gorgeous. Friday evening, 5:00 PM. We’ll be there until 8.. we’ve got chores to do. See you downtown!

June happenings

The irrigation lateral busted out front last weekend. It just broke. I may or may not have had anything to do with it. So it broke and water came splooshing out 4 feet in the air, a geyser, flooding the spruce trees, and making a scene. With some help from our mayordomo and an Alabama match, Jeremy fixed it up, right proper. Wet socks the whole way through. We’re still fussing with the irrigation system, waiting on some parts and pieces we’ve ordered. Getting that all in and running will make a big difference.

We’re getting fencing up. This has been a prolonged process, involving augering post holes, cleaning out the holes, setting the posts (every other post is 16′ long – for hop trellising), carting and tamping gravel. Deer and rabbit are prevalent in these parts, but we’d like to minimize their activity and feasting in our vegetable field. So far, we’ve been successful in protecting crops by using row covers as a deterrent. But as nearly every bed is full of precious, tender, tasty treats now, row covers are less convenient and more time consumptive. We need a fence. And here it comes, by bicycle.

And we’ve started on setting trellis cord in the hop field. We’ve both gotten pretty slick with the sisal rope and hammer toss over the 13′ cable move. Commercial hop farms will trellis hops at 18-25′. We’ve got 13′ trellises (16′ posts with 3′ in the ground), which is what we had available and affordable. The hop plants are on a bit of a rough start as they were mowed all last year and we’ve only now just giving them something to climb. But these little sticky vines are burly. I have confidence in them, they are going somewhere now. Like the awkward, lanky girl in middle school who grows up to play NCAA Division 1 basketball. Climb little ones. Alley oop.

Lots of fun colors happening around here these days. Red cabbage, crazy pink snow pea flowers, beautiful speckeled lettuces. The eggplants were planted outside earlier this week. And the garlic is scaping, just in time for Spearfish’s first Farmer’s Market, this Friday.

The birds are growing into themselves; developing their wing feathers, and tail feathers, and punky personalities. The especially handsome chick here, with five toes and feathery legs, is a Salmon Faverolle. (Sand Hill Preservation Center describes them as “calm, elegant birds”; I think they look a lot like Jeremy). A lovely double rainbow over the farm a few days ago. And the bees are collecting black pollen from our neighbors’ pretty poppies.

..and a few more superfluous farm animal photos. It can’t be helped.

Please come by and visit us at the first Spearfish Farmer’s Market on Friday evening, during the Downtown Music in the Middle of the Street Festival. And – not to be missed – Cycle Farm’s Weeding Party Bonanza on Saturday morning, nine to noon.

Happy happy June!

Quick quick.

The pace has picked up. Substantially. It seems everything needs to be done, right now. It’s all very exhilarating. Pulse quickening. And nerve wracking. Maintaining the successional planting schedule. Planting in the beds outside.Transplanting tomatoes and eggplants into larger pots. Trellising the peas. Figuring out an irrigation system. Purchasing and installing the irrigation system. Hose watering in the mean time. Watering. More watering. Weeding. Still working on the hop trellis poles. And the greenhouse.

And then there is a growing list of things that we want to do, and should do now – but maybe are less of a priority. For instance, getting a batch of dandelion wine going, mulching the monster pile of tree pruning debris, mowing the croquet court, playing croquet.

We have already started in on the harvest. Very exciting. Meals these days have been including early French Breakfast radishes, sauteed hop shoots, garlic greens, arugula and radish greens. We even foraged a healthy bunch of asparagus from the wild patches along the irrigation ditch last week. A sack full of Grandma Ginny’s rhubarb went into ginger rhubarb jam, Cycle Farm’s first preserves.

The farm bike is being put to good use, running errands to town and hauling loads back and forth down the field. Flats of plants, boxes of potatoes, and tools. I was able to catch a couple shots (below), the glory of human powered machinery.

More on smart tools: Jeremy designed and built a tool to help in planting rows of onions at smart 4″ spacing. It’s brilliant, I’m calling it an onion fiddle, see below. The fiddle neck supports strings set at 4″ spacing, and frets on the neck are Sharpied with marks at 4″ as well. Looking for someone to play washtub bass, and a grass-leaf whistle. We can start a band.

We’ve had a few CSA members come out to tour the farm, meet the bees, help plant peas, taste radishes, check in and ask questions. Thank you all for your interest and enthusiasm! SO GOOD. We are excited to get to know our community better and equally stoked to share the farm with everyone.

And finally, things we’ve learned recently: It turns out irrigation equipment is very spendy. Cross-combing on topbars in Lolita’s hive is a mess, straightening those comb out isn’t as easy as it would seem. The honey mess that results in the comb-straightening is absolutely as sweet as it would seem. Hop shoots are delicious. I can play a mean onion fiddle. And above all else, having friends come visit and help – is the most wonderful thing. It gets me all warm and wiggly, misty-eyed, knowing there are other people as excited about this as we are.

The most beautiful bicycle in the whole wide world.

Faster!

Our good friend Tom came to visit last week. He brought us happy tidings from Oregon, including Jeremy’s bicycle. The most beautiful bicycle in the whole wide world. It didn’t take long to get Radish on board. Farm dog turned parade princess. She totally digs it. The bicycle is a bakfiet-style cargo bike, designed to carry heavy loads efficiently. Jeremy built it.

We’ve been doing a lot of moving hops these days. As it turns out, the field behind the house is the largest hop field in South Dakota. Shouldn’t be a problem, except that we want to grow vegetables. So we’ve been shuffling hops around, out of their rows in the field and towards the edge – where we’ll set up a dual-purpose, hop trellis/deer fence. We’re so grateful to have had fantastic help in digging – thank you, friends.

Here are some miscellaneous feel-good images from around Cycle Farm. I’ll explain. First: we’ve been working on getting more work space and storage in the kitchen and just last week we finished a section of counter and shelving. The counter is a stunning 3″ slab of white pine. We pulled out the lindseed oil again for this, the smell immediately making us both desperately homesick for the Bain’s in Glorieta. Second: most everything is germinating safe and sound in trays inside, but there are a few little things going in the ground outside. Arugula, beets, spinach, peas, and fava beans. These are spending most of their time tucked under thick, insulative, white farm blankies. Third: there are several fruit trees on the property, pears, apples, an apricot. We’ve never pruned fruit trees before, but we studied up and climbed in. Overheard someone at the brewery suggest pruning trees such that you could throw a cat through the branches. (That’s the sort of instruction I can understand.) Borrowed an extendable tree pruner with a draw string; high tech gadgetry, very Spaceman Spiff. And in the weeks since we’ve got them all pruned up, they’ve opened up in blossoms. Fourth: Randi got these here muck boots for me, for my birthday. I love them, so smart. I like to wear them, muck around. And then talk about them, when I’m not wearing them, post photos on the interwebs.

And here are a few more photos from around the farm, pretty pretty.